Confidentiality in Counseling

Students are often hesitant to seek counseling because they have questions or concerns about whether others will have access to their personal information.

The staff of the Landmark Counseling Center is committed to protecting students' privacy, and we believe that counseling is most effective when students feel comfortable speaking openly with their counselor. We hope this information will clarify our privacy policies.

We abide by current codes of professional ethics, as well as by state and federal laws protecting your counseling records. With the exceptions noted below, or as required by law, no information about your contact with Landmark Counseling Services is available to anyone outside of Health and Counseling (including college personnel, parents, family members, friends, or outside agencies) without your written permission.

Exceptions to Confidentiality in Counseling

  • If it is deemed necessary in order to protect you or someone else from physical harm. In this context, we are legally obligated to take steps to help prevent the harm from happening. In a situation such as this, your counselor may need to contact your family and/or university officials
  • If you provide information indicating child or elder abuse, we are legally required to notify proper authorities
  • In the event of a psychiatric hospitalization
  • In the event of a court order